The ALDI Factory Advancement (AFA) Project

Objective

Within the scope of its AFA Project, ALDI is committed to achieving sustainable improvements in working conditions in the Bangladeshi garment industry. Selected production facilities are supported in identifying key challenges with regard to working conditions and developing and implementing joint solutions.

Short description

Within the scope of multi-year training measures, our local trainers bring together the owners, managers, and workers of the relevant production facilities with the aim to establish a culture of effective communication and dialogue. Each production facility forms its own AFA Project team which consists of managerial staff and workers. The team members are trained in a participatory and data-based method for identifying and solving problems. Their skills in the areas of occupational health and safety, prevention of discrimination and harassment, and fair remuneration are also strengthened. In addition, the training also focusses on identifying ways how improved productivity and quality management can lead to benefits for the production facility and its workers. This methodology enables the teams to independently meet a wide variety of different challenges in a systematic manner. The teams assume responsibility for establishing social standards by developing and implementing action plans.

Achievements

The AFA Project shows that capacity building is the key to both an economically stable and socially acceptable and environmentally friendly supply chain.  Due to the involvement of managerial staff and workers alike, the developed measures enjoy wide acceptance among the staff of the relevant production facilities.  This is of utmost importance for the achievement of sustainable improvements.

Impact analyses which are carried out on a regular basis confirm the success of the AFA Project:

  • Improved communication and relations between workers and managerial staff
  • Improved occupational health and safety
  • Better social benefits, such as drinking water supply and canteens/cafeterias
  • Increased productivity and quality and reduced staff turnover and absence rates

Title:
The ALDI Factory Advancement (AFA) Project

Country / Region:
Bangladesh

Project running time:
2013 – 2019

Project partners:
ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG (ALDI South corporate group), ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG (ALDI North corporate group), Sustainability Agents SUSA GmbH

Contact:
ALDI South: mail@aldi-sued.de
ALDI North: info@aldi-nord.de

Websites:
ALDI South:
Brochure
Production

ALDI North:
AFA Project
Production

© Sebastian Siegele, Sustainability Agents SUSA GmbH

© Sebastian Siegele, Sustainability Agents SUSA GmbH

As of: March 2018